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Tactile Notebooks & The Written Word

Sandra Brownlee

All are welcome
April 18th - 21th
10 - 4pm

About the Workshop

New Dates!

Tactile Notebooks & the Written Word is a four day workshop open to all levels and welcomes former students as well as new. The main objective of this workshop is to support students in establishing a dynamic, tactile notebook practice that is meaningful and rewarding. Students will use their notebook as a reflective space in which to document and give expression to their daily experiences. Motivated by haptic considerations, they will use their senses to stimulate and awaken perception, guide the making process, and enhance the way they communicate both visually and verblly. Throughout the workshop, students will create tactile pages, playing with materials, techniques, and words to make concrete the vital elements of their sensory experience.

Each day there will be an introduction to the day's theme, a hands-on exercise, a period for writing and group conversation.

"Best class I've ever done at Fibers West. Sandra Brownlee is an absolute gem. Her ability to connect with each student is outstanding. A life-changing class. - TN & the WW workshop student, Perth, Australia

Paint Brushes

Material List


Hard cover blank book - I use a Canson Mix Media spiral bound book which I recommend but is not required. 
Note: you can bring a book that you have already started using as long as there are lots of empty pages left).
Fabric to cover your notebook with (recycled or new)
A meaningful object or image (something that has personal significance- this is for inspiration and will not be altered)
Sewing thread, needle & straight pins
Two pairs of scissors- paper and cloth
Pencils, pens, eraser
UHU Glue stick and white glue

MISCELLANEOUS ART SUPPLIES you already own and like to work with such as:

Coloured pencils, paint/water colour, brushes, oil pastels, crayons, charcoal
Embellishment supplies such as buttons, beads etc.
Miscellaneous stitching threads (assorted types and sizes)
Tape: two-sided and clear Scotch tape
Xacto Knife, blades, a small cutting mat, straight edge metal ruler 
Alphabet stamp set and ink pad
PVA (acid free book binder’s glue)
Instructor will have these available to share if needed.


Your Instructor

Sandra Brownlee

Sandra Brownlee is an artist living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she pursues her ongoing interests in weaving, tactile notebook keeping and teaching. Sandra Brownlee has earned her MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and her BFA from the NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has received numerous awards including the 2014 Governor General Visual and Media Arts Saidye Bronfman Award, a Canada Council B Grant, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Sandra has exhibited her work extensively throughout North America in both solo and group exhibitions since the late 1970's. Exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto, GGVMA Award exhibition atthe National Gallery of Canada, Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fibers organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, and First You Dream Celebrating 75 Years of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, MSVU Art Gallerv. Sandra has taught her Tactile Notebooks & the Written Word workshop widely including Canada, USA, the UK, and Australia.

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